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Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller yesterday. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Joan Denoo on December 10, 2015 at 1:17pm

Carl, glad you could hear "Sammy". The video shows him from many different venues as he sings. His posture and gestures add so much to his rendition. 

I looked for a different video; I found "That Old Black Magic" in later versions.however, he was not as physically active as his younger days. I guess even Sammy slows down as he ages. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 10, 2015 at 11:46am

Carl, your report of your sister's quick recovery from surgery is good news, indeed. Fatigue may be a new normal for both of you. For person's as young as both of you, I imagine that will create a problem because you are still in the "Productive" stage of life. Daniel faced that problem, too. Luckily, his retirement starts soon, and he can enjoy a more leisurely pace. Slowing down is difficult;  my fervent hope is that you, your sister, and Daniel become quickly at ease with the new normal. You still have a few years to go until the usual retirement age; I am a little old lady and have no reason to resist the urge for a nap.  

I had a devil of a time finding a way to send Sammy's video. It is so "Hot!". Many of Ruth's excellent photos and videos do not come through to me; sometimes I can find them, other time  I cannot. Bummer! I"ll see if I can get "Sammy" into a readable state for everyone. 

I am glad your health care delivery system is close to you, and you have excellent attention from your entire team. Your "Attitude of Gratitude" will help your healing. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 10, 2015 at 11:00am
Got to hear Sammy! The audio works on my phone but not on my laptop. Whatever. That's a clip from the I Dream of Jeannie show! How funny. That's Doctor Bellows and Roger in the audience. I've always liked that song. Judy Garland has a great rendition as well. Sammy was one of those all around great entertainers. Sang, danced, acted. I've always enjoyed watching him.
Comment by Randall Smith on December 10, 2015 at 7:42am

Sammy came through loud and clear: "That Old Black Magic"--surprised he'd choose that song (being black and all).

Nothing special going on. Babysat my grandkids the other day. Exhausting! Took a long walk down the road yest., and noticed a woods was being logged. I asked the logger about the availability of the tops for me to cut and take home. No problem, but do I want to do it? I have enough wood for at least two seasons. I guess it can wait. Cutting firewood is a disease of sorts. It's hard to explain.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 9, 2015 at 9:14pm

Kathy, I'm elated to hear you vision is back to 20/20.   That's fantastic!  I'm really happy for you.

My sister is doing quite well.  Like me, she gets tired very easily but is healing from the surgery nicely. 

Is anybody else not hearing the audio for Joan's "Sammy" link, or is it just me?

Joan, I remember you previously saying that the staff at your cancer center became like friends, after seeing them so often.  Yes, it's becoming the same situation with me at the kidney center.  I see them very often and I have an assigned nurse to my case who calls me regularly.  I have gotten the best of care from one of the leading transplant centers in the country.  I'm so lucky to live in their back yard.  The clinic is part of Northwestern Memorial Hospital.  When you drive through the parking garage, you see license plates from all over the country.  I'm also proud to say that my transplant surgeon and quite a few of the doctors who have treated me have been women!

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 9, 2015 at 5:15am
Comment by kathy: ky on December 8, 2015 at 6:28pm
Yes Ruth and my vision is 20/20. You were correct when you said it is easy and worth it. Kidney transplants, or any transplant, are a much different story. But they can give a person life. It's amazing what modern medicine can do.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 8, 2015 at 2:27pm

Thanks for your health update, Flying Atheist. <sigh> It can be hard to come back when the medicine makes you feel bad. At least you can expect things to ease over time. Meanwhile, be careful to avoid contagious people.

Ian, it will be over soon. Too bad you can't just join the ranks of the retired after your three month vacation.

Thanks for the good news, k.h. ky. I assume your vision is good now. My husband just got his second adjustable artificial lens and has to do 12 weeks of eye exercises. Did you get the traditional kind, as I did?

Comment by kathy: ky on December 8, 2015 at 1:41pm
Randy, not a problem! Cataract surgery is nothing. In and out in less than an hour with an excellent outcome! Nothing to it.
Comment by Randall Smith on December 8, 2015 at 8:24am

Sorry I forgot to ask about you, Kathy! It's just that cataract surgery is really no big deal, certainly not compared to a kidney transplant. Thanks, Carl, for the update. Glad to hear of your progress, albeit a slow and frustrating one.

For me, this group site is a good place to air out our problems, concerns, and happenings. Joan's move, Daniel's upcoming retirement (and health issues), Ian's work woes, Carl of course, etc. I feel quite fortunate not to have any major personal issues. I know I have a selfish streak in me, so I try to compensate by asking about others. Afterall, we all like to talk about ourselves.

 

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